Igbo community in Benue distances self from IPOB - The No.1 Infotainment blog


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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Igbo community in Benue distances self from IPOB

Igbo people resident in Benue State have distanced themselves from agitations being championed by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), describing the group’s demands as needless, infantile and diversionary.
Leader of the Igbo community in Benue State, Chief Chuks Albert declared their position yesterday during a meeting between the state Governor, Samuel Ortom and traditional rulers, as well as leaders of various ethnic communities in the state at the New Banquet Hall of the Government House, Makurdi.
Albert, who described IPOB as a baseless set of disgruntled youths looking for self-recognition, said the unity of Nigeria was sacrosanct and that the Igbo people in the state would never be part of such childish play.
The representative of Hausa/Fulani Community in the state, Alhaji Mustapha Garba said the Hausa/ Fulani were ready to obey the provisions of the Open- Grazing Prohibition Law by ranching their cows, stressing that the peace of the state was greater than personal interest of the people and promised to cooperate with other tribes and groups.
Mustapha, who preached the message of one Nigeria, promised to abide by the November deadline for the implementation of the law, while Oba Kayode Odunuga, who spoke for Yoruba community and Chief Godfrey Ogboro for South- South spoke of their readiness to live in peace with one another.
In their remarks, the Tor Tiv Orchivirigh, Prof. James Ayatse and the Och’ Idoma, Dr. Elias Obekpa thanked the governor for his administration’s various peace efforts in the state, even as the monarchs insisted that the unity of the country could not be traded for selfish reasons.
They, therefore, called on citizens of the state to report everyone trying to foment trouble to the law enforcement agents. Responding, Governor Ortom thanked the traditional rulers and leaders of the various communities in the state for embracing peace and agreed to live as one, in one Nigeria.

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